Monthly Archives: September 2010


  • Spinal Surgery
  • NRC Rankings
  • Losing the OED

Spinal Surgery

I had spinal surgery two weeks ago. An anesthesiologist told me that I wouldn’t remember anything he was telling me, and I remember every word.

NRC Rankings

I had a lot to say about these until I learned of the role the Survey of Earned Doctorates played in them, at which point I decided to remain silent.

Losing the OED

Our state library consortium lost access to the OED last week. This was, needless to say, considerably more traumatic than the surgery. I had to buy an individual subscription ($295/year; thanks Oxford!)

Zizek and Facts

The most recent NLR has a piece by Zizek on the contemporary European financial crisis, in which he attributes to Kissinger the “make the economy scream” comment. I was unable to find any source which claims anyone other than Nixon made the remark noted by Richard Helms. Christopher Hitchens even mentions that Kissinger was relatively unconcerned with Chile, describing it as a “dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica,” for example.

But, again, you don’t read Zizek for careful attention to these matters, but the NLR is edited by very serious people. . .